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Fine of Alomar might cost O's manager his job

Orioles majority owner Peter Angelos is considering firing manager Davey Johnson without settlement for the remaining season on his contract because Johnson directed Roberto Alomar to pay a $10,500 fine to a charity with which Johnson's wife is associated, the Washington Post reported today.

Johnson and his wife, Susan, said the fine _ imposed for missing a team banquet in April and an exhibition game during the All-Star break _ was directed toward a scholarship fund run by a doctor at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Susan Johnson said she is involved in fund-raising.

The Johnsons said they saw nothing improper. The fine has not been paid because the players association objected.

Angelos said: "There will be a time and a place when this will be discussed. I choose not to comment beyond that at this point."

ANGELS: Tony Phillips, arrested during the season on drug charges, will not be re-signed.

ASTROS: LHP Tom Martin will have arthroscopic surgery on his pitching elbow Monday.

RED SOX: The team declined to exercise options on Ps Bret Saberhagen and Jim Corsi. Boston is expected to attempt to re-sign both at lower salaries.